Superhero movies have dominated the box office for years and this month’s Avengers: Infinity War promises to Hulk-smash all records to become the most super of them all.
Bringing together major characters from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the first time ever, it has been hailed as the largest crossover in movie history.
Here’s why it’s destined to battle its way to the top…
1. The culmination of 10 years of the MCU
Remember that time before Marvel ruled the box office? No, neither do we. It’s been 10 years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) began to take over the… well, universe, and Infinity War is the culmination of a decade of intricate world-building the likes of which has never been seen before on the big screen.
The films have been in production since 2007, and in that time Marvel Studios have produced 18 films, with more to come in different stages of production.
The franchise has been divided in four phases (so far), with the last one including a series of films planned to start from 2019 until 2022.
Considering this film as the climax of 10 years films, nobody can deny that Avengers: Infinity War is one of the biggest and most awaited moments in modern cinematic history...
2. Superheroes as far as the eye can see
To stand any chance of comprehending the sheer number of superheroes pulled from across different films and storylines within the MCU in Avengers: Infinity War, think of a family reunion where everyone is invited.
After years of teasers and off-shoots, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (The Avengers) finally team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop mutual enemy Thanos from mass destruction. There’s Iron Man, Spider-Man, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Steve Rogers, Thor, Bucky Barnes, Gamora, Mantis, Doctor Strange, Loki, Black Panther, Star-Lord, Groot, Drax, Rocket, Hulk, War Machine, Falcon… the list goes on. Some have met before.
Some haven’t. All we know is it’s going to make one hell of a family photo.
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3. Unprecedented star power
If you think organising a night out with your friends via WhatsApp is a nightmare, spare a thought for the producers of Infinity War. Coordinating the schedules of one of the biggest gatherings of Hollywood A-listers in recent years was no mean feat.
Imagine trying to get Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Zoe Saldana, Chris Pratt, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Mackie, Idris Elba, Benedict Cumberbatch, Josh Brolin and Elisabeth Olsen in the same place, at the same time? It took some corralling, that’s for sure.
Avengers: Infinity War may breaks all the box office records, but what's sure for now is that we'll witness the biggest cast ever seen in a film.
4. The biggest of the big bads: Thanos
Like the Blofeld of the MCU, Thanos is bad. In fact, he’s the biggest bad (so far) – the most powerful being in the universe according to Djimon Hounsou’s Korath the Pursuer. And he’s here to shake things up.
Since we found out he was behind the attack on New York at the end of 2012’s Avengers, Thanos has been creeping into cameos in the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, so this battle royal has been a long time coming. And, not only does he want to rule the universe, it also looks like he’s going to rule the movie, with co-director Joe Russo saying Infinity War is “without doubt” a Thanos film.
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5. What it means for the future
Infinity War may be a historic movie, but it’s certainly not the end of the big-screen comic-book takeover, so don’t think for a second you can put that Lycra away.
The film was shot concurrently with Avengers 4, which is released next year, but is not a “Part 2”, according to Russo. How will Infinity War effect future storylines? There’s talk of a lot of changes for Bucky Barnes, a pivotal role for Thor and a fair amount of death.
“It’s safe to say we will say farewell to people,” says screenwriter Stephen McFeely. And we’re not just talking a couple of faceless civilians, we’re talking big characters. World-changing characters.